Paul Raven (musician)

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This article is about the Killing Joke bassist. For rock & roll musician Paul Gadd, who began recording under the stage name Paul Raven, see Gary Glitter.
Paul Raven
Birth name Paul Vincent Raven
Born (1961-01-16)16 January 1961
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, UK
Died 20 October 2007(2007-10-20) (aged 46)
Geneva, Switzerland[1]
Genres
Instruments
Years active 1980–2007
Associated acts

Paul Vincent Raven[note 1] (16 January 1961 – 20 October 2007)[1] was a bassist best known for his work in the punk/goth/metal/electronic group Killing Joke. He later played in the alternative rock/industrial metal bands Prong , Ministry , and also with Zilch .

Biography[edit]

Raven was born on 16 January 1961 in Wolverhampton, in Staffordshire, and was the son of folk musician Jon Raven.[2] His early musical career included stints in Neon Hearts and the short-lived 1982 glam rock band, Kitsch. Kitsch is also notable for including Rook Randle [and] Tyla before he would go onto larger success with his band, Dogs D'Amour. In the summer of 1980 he played bass with the short-lived Tony McPhee's Turbo. The band played a few gigs and recorded a 3 track session for Capitol Radio. Turbo included Clive Brooks, the drummer with Tony McPhee's band the Groundhogs (1972–75).

Raven's big break came when he replaced original Killing Joke bassist Youth in mid-1982, just in time for the North American tour documented on the Ha! live EP. He was with the group through its most commercially successful period, appearing on the Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns albums, before leaving during the recording of 1988's Outside the Gate, rejoining in time for 1990's Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions.

After touring in support of this album, Killing Joke split up, with all members except lead vocalist Jaz Coleman going on to form Murder, Inc. in 1991, adding vocalist Chris Connelly. During this time, Raven also participated in Pigface, a project conceived by drummer Martin Atkins, which operated with a fluid change of differing musicians in their lineup.

Killing Joke reformed in 1992, but it was with original bassist Youth back in the fold. Raven next joined Prong, appearing on their Cleansing and Rude Awakening albums. After leaving Prong in 1996, he began a career as a producer and remixer and also played with the group Zilch, along with hide, Joey Castillo and Ray McVeigh.

In 2002 Paul Raven had been brought on for a Godflesh two-month tour of the United States, but the band disbanded just before departing.[3] In 2003, Raven played bass on Exit Through Fear with Society 1 and performed on the subsequent tour for the album. He later left Society 1, rejoining Killing Joke for their 2003 self-titled album release, Killing Joke, and its follow up, Hosannas from the Basements of Hell. In 2005, Raven began working with Al Jourgensen of Ministry for their album Rio Grande Blood. In 2006, Raven completed a European and American tour with Ministry. In 2007, Raven wrote and recorded on Ministry's next studio album The Last Sucker and also began work together with Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission, Peter Murphy) on a new project called Mob Research. Warrior Soul frontman Kory Clarke and ex-Queens of the Stone Age drummer Nick Lucero completed the line-up.[4]

Raven died of a heart attack in his sleep on 20 October 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was recording with Treponem Pal vocalist Marco Neves.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

Year Act Album
1980–81 Neon Hearts
1982 Kitsch
Killing Joke
1983 Fire Dances
1984
1985 Night Time
1986 Brighter than a Thousand Suns
1987–89
1990 Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions
1990 Pigface Lean Juicy Pork
1991 Welcome to Mexico... Asshole
Murder, Inc.
1992 Corpuscle (EP)
Murder, Inc.
Pigface Fook
1993 Prong
1994 Cleansing
1996 Rude Awakening
1996 Zilch
1997
1998 3.2.1.
1999–2001
2002 Godflesh[note 2][3]
2003 Society 1 Exit Through Fear
Killing Joke Killing Joke
2005 Ministry
2006 Killing Joke Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
Ministry Rio Grande Blood
Treponem Pal
2007 16volt FullBlackHabit
Ministry Last Sucker, TheThe Last Sucker
2008 Treponem Pal Weird Machine
2009 Mob Research Holy City Zoo

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Not to be confused with "Paul Raven", an alias of British rock singer Gary Glitter when he recorded for Decca Records in the 1960s.
  2. ^ Godflesh disbanded in 2002 when Broadrick suffered a nervous breakdown just before departing for a tour of the U.S. Paul Raven had been hired as a sideman, and accompanist during the two-month tour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Killing Joke bassist Raven dies". BBC News. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Oscar hope for music of star Raven". Express and Star. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Wiederhorn, Jon (2002-05-01). "Godflesh Singer Suffers Breakdown, Breaks Up Band" (JHTML). MTV. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  4. ^ "HOLY CITY ZOO". Plastichead.com (UK). Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Killing Joke/Ministry Bassist Paul Raven Dies". Billboard. 1961-01-16. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Paul Raven Of Ministry". Punkmusic.about.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

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